Happy "Hump Day"!! Crazy to think I am beginning the start of my second week here. Today has been another great day in Poland. Always a blessing to be able to wake up another day isn't it? I slept in today, which I have not been able to do since I have been here. It was so nice getting some extra sleep. We did not have a morning practice today, so I took advantage of getting some things done around here. I officially unpacked everything last night, so it feels good to have my apartment clean and organized. I went to a couple grocery stores today to check out different things that they have. It is amazing how different stores will carry different things. I have come to the conclusion that Poland offers more of a variety than Turkey doeswhen it comes to food.
This afternoon I relaxed, read some (I have been doing Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace packet and have been loving it), and was on my computer. I am closing in on completing my Portfolio for my Masters!! God has been gracious in allowing things to go smoothly with the whole process. I have completed Chapters 1-7 and just have 2 more chapters to go. I will be excited when I complete this last assignment, because then I will be officially done with it!!
I feel like I am back in school again though as I am starting up language classes over here. Thankfully, this type of class there is no letter grade or I might fail ;) I think it will be fun being able to get some of the vocabulary down, so that I can more easily get around.
Tomorrow we have 2 practices. In the morning we have lifting and shooting, and then coach promised a short practice tomorrow night if we are sharp with the drills, etc.
Verse of the day:
As I was reading in Philemon earlier, I was struck by this phrase in verse 1: "This letter is from Paul, a prisoner for preaching the Good News about Christ Jesus..."
How many of us would be bold enough to continue to preach the "Good News" of Jesus to those we come in contact with at the risk of being put in jail? We have the privilege in the United States to worship freely whenever and wherever we want to. This really hit home to me, because it got me thinking how sold out Paul was for the Lord. Here is a guy who when he was younger was persecuting Christians, and then came to know the Lord on the road to Damascus.
Galatians 1:11-15 says:
"Dear brothers and sisters, I want you to understand that the gospel message I preach is not based on mere human reasoning. I received my message from no human source, and no one taught me. Instead, I received it by direct revelation from Jesus Christ. You know what I was like when I followed the Jewish religion—how I violently persecuted God’s church. I did my best to destroy it. I was far ahead of my fellow Jews in my zeal for the traditions of my ancestors. But even before I was born, God chose me and called me by his marvelous grace."
So my question to myself and you is, "Are we willing to live out our relationship with the Lord to the point of possible death?" It can be hard to sometimes think along these lines because we are not in situations right now that would merit us to fear our life because of the gospel. My desire is to live for the Lord fully! God sees each and every one of our hearts and knows our thoughts, actions, etc. Who are you living for? What are you thinking about? Remember, God has chosen each of us to be a daughter or son of the king - the question is will you accept His free invitation?
I hope everyone has a great rest of the day!